“Chevy Van” Singer-Songwriter Sammy Johns Dies at Age 66

Funeral services for singer-songwriter Sammy Johns, best known for writing and recording “Chevy Van,” will be held Wednesday (Jan. 9) in Belmont, N.C. He died Friday at a Gastonia, N.C., hospital at age 66. Born in Charlotte, N.C., Johns achieved national success in 1975 when “Chevy Van” became a Top 10 pop hit. The song was later covered on albums by Waylon Jennings and Sammy Kershaw . It was also featured on Eric Church ’s Caldwell County EP released by Capitol Nashville in 2011. Jennings’ recording of Johns’ “America” reached No. 6 on Billboard’s country songs chart 1984. Johns’ songwriting credits also included two No. 1 country singles — John Conlee ’s “Common Man” in 1983 and Conway Twitty ’s “Desperado Love” in 1986. The latter was Twitty’s last No. 1 single.